Kanye West Plays Homeless Rapping Waiter On 'The Cleveland Show' Season Opener

Credit: Billy Johnson Jr. of Hip Hop Media Training

Kanye West had a rap battle with Cleveland Jr. last spring when he made a guest appearance on The Cleveland Show. This fall, Kanye revives his Kenny West character and, this time, he teams up with Cleveland Sr. for the premiere episode of season 2 of the hilarious Fox animated comedy.

In the episode titled "Harder, Better, Faster, Browner," Kenny West is a struggling rapper raising his 4-year-old daughter. He and Cleveland strike up a friendship when taking their kids to school. When Cleveland finds out that Kenny and his daughter are homeless, he offers to mentor the 19-year-old who is working as a rapping waiter at Fudd Ruck The Police, a hip-hop version of Hard Rock Café.

Cleveland wants to do something charitable to spite his childhood basketball nemesis Barry Obama who went on to become the nation's president. Cleveland eventually becomes Kenny's manager, and books him a gig performing "Be-Cleve In Yourself" during a local rescue mission to save a little girl who has fallen into a well.


In the song, Kenny encourages the girl to stay hopeful and credits Cleveland with helping him get his life on track, comparing him to "a lot less Asian" version of Karate Kid coach Mr. Miyagi.

"Not long ago I was lower than Lohan, no plan, a lost man raising my little girl in a Cadillac, broham," he raps.

"Be-Cleve In Yourself" becomes a viral hit, enters the Hot 100 Cartoon charts at No. 87, one spot ahead Bart Simpson's "Do The Bartman" and ultimately tops the chart.

After Cleveland's guidance helps Kenny achieve stardom, he fires him.

Kanye represents. Hopefully, this is a reoccurring role. The entire episode is funny. And there are tons of good Obama jokes, including a basketball face-off. Watch the entire episode here.

Mariah Barefoot and Pregnant



After taking an unexpected spill on stage, the shoes had to go!

Four songs into Mariah Carey's Sunday night set at the Formula 1 Singtel Singapore Grand Prix, Mariah slipped in her high heels while striding across the stage and clapping along to her 1992 hit "Make It Happen." A nearby backup dancer quickly rushed to her aid and a smiling Carey made a very quick recovery, telling the crowd, "I did that on purpose."

"Someone come out here and take these shoes off," Carey said into her microphone, adding, "Obviously I'm supposed to be barefoot."

Horizon Theater Stages the World Premiere of New South Play Festival Night Blooms



One historic night in 1965, two Selma, Alabama families are confronted with conflicts and find their differences are not necessarily black and white.



On the day of this country’s most famous civil rights march, the Stafford household laughs, cries, celebrates the annual bloom of a flower that no one really cares about and reacts when an unexpected freedom fighter appears on their doorstep. Night Blooms is a moving story of an ordinarily dysfunctional family living in the midst of extraordinary change.

The Stafford family is white with a black housekeeper named Geneva Willis. Between the Staffords and the Willis’, this day is perpetually the longest day of 1965. One family watches a plant while awaiting its bloom while another waits to see her son off to march alongside the great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In her own kindness, Geneva Willis agrees to assist the Staffords in preparing for a ‘bloom’ party and then plans to quickly leave to go and support the ‘movement’.

In a dysfunctional turn of events of changing plans, name calling, and knee-slapping one-liners Night Blooms is truth and honesty in its rawest form. Night Blooms is a product of the New South Play Festival and showing at Horizon Theater. This World Premiere production is sponsored by the Macy’s Foundation.

Performances of Night Blooms run from Sept 24th through Oct 24th.
Tickets range from $20-$35 and may be purchased by calling the box office or visiting Horizon Theater online at www.horizontheatre.com. Horizon Theatre Company is located in Little Five Points at the corner of Euclid and Austin Avenues (1083 Austin Avenue). All seating is General Admission. Groups of 10 or more receive $3 off per ticket. Reserved seating for groups of 25 or more is available. For more information on booking a group, call the box office at 404.584.7450.

COMING SOON: Night Blooms



Playwright Margaret Baldwin finds a local home for the World Premiere of Night Blooms at Horizon Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia. On a historic night in 1965, two Selma, Alabama families deal with conflicts and find their differences are not not necessarily black and white.

Inspired by Baldwin's own family history during this historic period in Selma, she began development with a question: "How did people deal with generational conflicts within their own families at a time when massive change and social tensions are suddenly knocking on their front door?" Baldwin answers this by focusing the play on an "everyday family redefining their relationships on a night of historic change".

"The more you dig into it, the more you see the complexities of the individuals and their relationships with each other."

Inspired by Baldwin's own family history during this historic period of change in Selma, the play focuses on the way the everyday life of a family is influenced as dynamic social changes occur in the world around them.

The Cast
Lucinda Carter played by Jill Jane Clements
Ruth Stafford played by LaLa Cochran
Lucy Stafford played by Bethany Anne Lind
Shep Carter played by Tom Thon
Geneva Willis played by Marguerite Hannah
Raynelle Willis played by Brittney London
Clayton Carter played by Harrison Long

Ticket Information
Performances of Night Blooms, Sept 24 - Oct 24, 2010:
Wed & Thurs, 8 PM
Friday, 8 PM,
Saturday Matinee, 3 PM, (10/02, 10/09, 10/16)
Saturday, 8:30 PM
Sunday, 5 PM
Opening Night, 8 PM

Tickets range from $20-$35 and may be purchased by calling the Box Office at 404.584.7450 or visiting www.horizontheatre.com. Horizon Theatre Company is located in Little Five Points at the corner of Euclid and Austin Avenues (1083 Austin Avenue). All seating is General Admission. Groups of 10 or more receive $3 off per ticket. Reserved seating for groups of 25 or more is available. For more information on booking a group, call the box office at 404.584.7450.

New Music: Ron Isley ft. Lauryn Hill


Ron Isley "Close To You" (Ft. Lauryn Hill) by clutchmag

Fresh Princess: Willow Smith Whips Her Hair


The youngest on the Will & Jada totem pole is making her stamp on the industry with her new debut as a recording artist.

Willow Smith has signed a deal with Jay-Z's label, Roc Nation and the first song released is entitled "Whip My Hair."



Jay-Z says it's rare to find an artist with such talent and creativity at Willow's age.

Will Smith first gained fame as a rapper, but unlike her father, Willow is singing on her record. However, like her father, she's a double threat: Willow appeared in the movie "I Am Legend," with her dad.

ATLANTA CALL TO ACTION: SAVE GRADY HOSPITAL


Atlanta celebrities and taste-makers are joining forces with Grady Hospital to support a new grassroots fund-raising campaign designed to inspire community giving and increase awareness for Atlanta's only Level I Trauma Center.

Jermaine Dupri, DJ Drama, Frank Ski, Rashan Ali, Chilli (TLC), Kandi ("Real Housewives of Atlanta), Shawty Lo, Bobby Valentino, Maria More, Cristyle (songwriter), Shanti Das (PressReset.me), Kenny Burns ("The Kenny Burns Show"), J Carter (Sol Fusion), Cory "Coco Brother" Condrey, Taiye Samuel (DTP Records) and Priscilla Renea (Capitol Records artist) will become ambassadors of "G2G" or "Give to Grady," a campaign set to launch Friday, September 10, at 12:30 p.m. EST with a mass messaging event on Twitter and Facebook.

Fans will are encouraged to text "GRADY" to 50555 to donate $5 to one of Atlanta's oldest healthcare facilities. Supporters can also make their donation at www.gradyhealthfoundation.org.

"We are extraordinarily excited that Atlanta's entertainment community will join Grady in what may be the only grassroots fund-raising campaign of this kind in the country. Public hospitals are woven into the fabric of our communities and yet rarely does the community come together in this way to support our important work. Atlanta is a special place, with special people who are genuinely concerned about each other and the city," said Lisa Borders, president of the Grady Health Foundation.

The G2G campaign will run through the end of the year and include a press reception in October and a series of promotional events around the city. TV spots are currently airing on local cable stations.

Grady Hospital is metro Atlanta's only Level I Trauma Center and provides state-of-the-art health care across a variety of disciplines, including trauma, neurosciences, burn and wound care, sickle cell and neo-natal intensive care. The medical facility depends on contributions from the private sector to advance the work, services and research it provides to the community.

Grady hopes to raise $100,000 through the G2G campaign.

For more information on G2G, visit www.gradyhealthfoundation.org.

Rihanna Makes Her Film Debut: Battleship


Universal Studios is planning a movie adaptation of Battleship, the popular board-game invented by Clifford Von Wickler in the early 1900s. Director Peter Berg (who once brought us Hancock) has been hired to helm the project. The film is scheduled for a release in the spring/summer of 2012.

The film may claim some legacy from the board game, but it isn't exactly your grandfather's Battleship. Case in point, we don’t recall a Barbadian pop princess named Rihanna but she’s in this installment. So far, the words mum as to what character she’ll be playing, but by the pictures leaked on RihannaPhotos.org, she’s enlisted in the United States Navy. Go RiRi.





Other cast mates include: Tom Arnold, Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood), Taylor Kitsch (Friday Night Lights), Jesse Plemons (Friday Night Lights) and more.

Plot:
"A fleet of ships is forced to do battle with an armada of unknown origins in order to discover and thwart their destructive goals."

Director Peter Berg told more about this upcoming Battleship movie:

"There's a group of life forms from some other planet have come to our planet for something. They've got a very specific agenda. That agenda is not global domination. It's an agenda and that agenda puts them into conflict with members of our military. Their technology is relatable. It's not incredibly far out and unbeatable. It's comprehensible. Hopefully it'll make for good fun and an intense ride."


I'm not sure to understand how battleships and cruisers could fight against mighty alien invaders who are able to cross the void between the stars... But I suppose that Director Peter Berg will still manage to make the film entertaining and interesting to watch.

R&B Sensation Donell Jones Back on the Scene


90's balladeer Donell Jones is back after a 5-year hiatus. He initially made a splash on the urban AC charts with the hit single "Love Like This".


Now, after 5 years he's back and still giving the ladies his sensual perspective on love. Donell is making his comeback by geting down and Durty with Young Joc on new release "Strip Club".

Listen here:

Donell's fifth studio album, "Lyrics" will be released on September 28th, 2010.